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In our global economy, it never hurts to know another language.  Bilingualism can open doors to new careers, new travel opportunities, new cultural experiences, and new friends worldwide.

Don't Spend Hundreds of Dollars on Expensive Language Programs!

The Library has a multitude of resources to help you learn a new language, practice one you're already learning, or brush up on one that you used to know.  And best of all, all of these resources are FREE of charge to library cardholders. 

Open a door to a another world with a new language.  Start today!


Language Learning Just Got Better with Pronunciator

Learning a language just got better at the Library with the Pronunciator online language learning service.

 

 

 

  • Offering more than 80 languages, with more being added each year, Pronunciator is your pathway to explore new languages and cultures. If you want to learn to speak it, chances are they've got it.
  • Pronunciator includes access to Personalized Courses; 9,600 instructional phrases per language (on average); and streamable, downloadable audio lessons.
  • Pronunciator keeps learning fun by incorporating feature films and songs.
  • Learn on the go with the Pronunciator app which works in browsers in all Android (tablet, phone), Apple (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) and Kindle Fire device types.
  • Learning English? Pronunciator offers ESL courses taught in 55 non-English languages.
  • Becoming a U.S. Citizen? Pronunciator's ProCitizen course is specifically designed for U.S. immigrants to succeed at the Naturalization Test.
  • Pronunciator helps kids learn languages! Pronunciator is appropriate from toddlers on up, thanks to thousands of photos and customized pictograms. Units that are particularly kid-friendly are marked with a kids' icon. Kids have access to live teachers that challenge and engage them through regular online sessions.
  • Looking to take an intensive deep dive into a language? Many languages have up to ten 8-week structured courses. Each course assumes 5 days per week of study, and 30 to 60 minutes per day of commitment. With a progressive degree of difficulty, the structured courses offer up to 80 weeks (20 months — nearly 2 years) of guided learning per language.

Ready to Start Learning?

  1. Download and print the clear and simple User's Manual in English OR Spanish
  2. Then click the links below to begin your language-learning journey:


Language Learning with The Great Courses

The Great Courses is one of the premier learning series in the world, and it is THE preeminent learning series if you want high quality instruction from the very best in their fields.  Partnering with prestigious organizations the series features engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts. 

The Great Courses offers several language learning options:

  • Spanish (I and II)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Greek
  • English Grammar

Stream The Great Courses your computer or mobile device:

To stream any of The Great Courses' language classes, you only need three things:

  • Your library card
  • A free RB Digital account
    • RB Digital is the same company that provides eMagazines and some eBooks and eAudiobooks to our library patrons, so you might already have an account. Don't have an RB Digital account?  No worries -- it's easy to set one up. Simply, go to RB Digital and follow the instructions. You will need to log in to the home page for The Great Courses and then search for the language classes. Problems or questions?  Print this simple user's guide, stop by the 2nd Floor Information desk, call (303) 651-8472, or email us.
  • WiFi or internet connection
    • This is a streaming service only; the programs are NOT available for download to watch at a later time.  You must be connected to WiFi or the internet to watch these programs.

With the Great Courses, library patrons can learn about everything from economics to fine art to travel.

Click the button to start streaming!

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to login to your RB Digital account before you can check out any materials

Learn more about the other programs offered by The Great Courses.


Borrow Language-Learning CDs and Books from our Collections

Search our Catalog.
  • Your Library has a wide range of language-learning CDs for every level of fluency. You can find them by searching our catalog
  • Don't discount the value of good, old-fashioned grammar books, language dictionaries, verb books, and workbooks to assist you on your language-learning journey.
  • Children's pictures books, and especially those with accompanying audio CD's, can also be a terrific resource for language learners of all ages.  With picture books, you'll learn whole phrases in conversational speech. Read this blog for a nice summary of the concept.  

Attend Bilingual Events ONLINE

The Library offers a variety of programs, mostly aimed at bilingual or learning Spanish-speakers.  These programs include:

¿Aprendiendo inglés?  Learning Spanish?  ¡Hablemos!  Let's Talk! ONLINE

Let's get together to speak Spanish and English.
  • Tuesdays, 12 to 1 pm, VIRTUAL on Webex
  • Get to know other language learners while practicing conversations in Spanish or English.
  • This virtual meet-up is free and open to anyone wanting to practice their language skills.
  • It is recommended that participants have at least an intermediate level of Spanish to effectively participate.
  • We’ll choose themes and games that will be entertaining and interesting to all of us.
  • It's easy. Just register and you'll be sent instructions to join the meeting in your confirmation email.
  • You may join this meeting either on your computer or your smartphone. If you use your smartphone, you may either dial in to the meeting (audio only) or use the Webex app to join for audio and/or video.
  • PLEASE NOTE: using the Webex app requires you to grant it many permissions to features of your phone, including recording audio and video, access to contacts, etc. Please review these permissions carefully and proceed only if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • While not required, we strongly encourage participants to use their video cameras so that we can "see" everyone as it helps us to better facilitate the conversation.
  • Please keep in mind that you must register for this program BEFORE it begins. Due to software constraints, late registrations are not allowed.

¡Hablemos! Let's Talk! Virtuales

  • Los martes, de 12:00 a 1:00pm, VIRTUALES en Webex
  • Conozca a otros mientras practica el inglés o español. La reunión es gratuita y abierta a todos quienes quieren practicar sus habilidades en otro idioma. Recomendamos que participantes usen inglés o español a un nivel intermedio para participar efectivamente, ¡pero todos son bienvenidos!
  • Escogeremos temas y juegos cuales serán entretenidos e interesantes para todos.
  • Es fácil. Simplemente regístrese y le mandaremos instrucciones para la reunión en su email de confirmación.
  • Puede unirse a este programa en su computadora o celular. Si usa su celular, puede llamar el número telefónico (sólo audio) o usar el app de Webex para audio y video. TOME NOTA: usando el app requiere varios permisos para acceder a su celular, incluyendo grabación de audio y video, acceso a contactos, etc.
  • Por favor revise estos permisos con cuidado y proceda sólo si se siente seguro.
  • No es un requisito, pero recomendamos que participantes usen video para que todos puedan ver a los demás ya que nos ayudará guiar la conversación.
  • Es necesario registrase para este programa ANTES de que empiece. Debido a limitaciones de nuestro software, no podemos aceptar registraciones tardes.

Click or tap here to register for a Library program through Eventbrite.com.  Haga clic para registrarse para este grupo.


The library has an informal English conversation group for adults.

"Say Hello!" Informal Online English Conversation Group

  • Saturdays, 10 to 11 am, on Webex
  • Practice conversation with others interested in improving their English in an informal, conversational setting.
  • We recommend attendees have an intermediate level of English to effectively participate, but everyone is welcome!
  • Conversations are conducted entirely in English and are guided by a native English speaker.
  • It's easy.  Just register and you'll be sent instructions to join the meeting in your confirmation email.
  • You may join this meeting either on your computer or your smartphone. If you use your smartphone, you may either dial into the meeting (audio only) or use the Webex app to join for audio and/or video.
  • PLEASE NOTE: using the Webex app requires you to grant it many permissions to features of your phone, including recording audio and video, access to contacts, etc. Please review these permissions carefully and proceed only if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • While not required, we strongly encourage participants to use their video cameras so that we can "see" everyone as it helps us to better facilitate the conversation.
  • Please keep in mind that you must register for this program BEFORE it begins. Due to software constraints, late registrations are not allowed.

Grupo de Conversación en Inglés, Say Hello Virtuales

  • Sábados, 10 a 11 am, Reunión VIRTUAL en Webex
  • Practique conversación con otros interesados en mejorar su uso de inglés en un foro familiar e informal.
  • Conversaciones son guiadas por un anglohablante nativo.
  • Es fácil. Simplemente regístrese y le mandaremos instrucciones para la reunión en su email de confirmación.
  • Puede unirse a este programa en su computadora o celular. Si usa su celular, puede llamar el número telefónico (sólo audio) o usar el app de Webex para audio y video. TOME NOTA: usando el app requiere varios permisos para acceder a su celular, incluyendo grabación de audio y video, acceso a contactos, etc.
  • Por favor revise estos permisos con cuidado y proceda sólo si se siente seguro.
  • No es un requisito, pero recomendamos que participantes usen video para que todos puedan ver a los demás ya que nos ayudará facilitar la conversación.
  • Es necesario registrase para este programa ANTES de que empiece. Debido a limitaciones de nuestro software, no podemos aceptar registraciones tardes.

Click or tap here to register for a Library program through Eventbrite.com.


The library offers bilingual storytime.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingües

Mondays, 11 to 11:30 am, on Facebook and Twitter
Stories and songs in English and Spanish for children of all ages.

Cada lunes, de 11 a 11:30 am Facebook and Twitter
Cuentos y canciones en inglés y español para niños de todas edades, en la página Facebook de la Biblioteca, en Twitter o el canal YouTube.


And keep an eye on our programming pages for more great programs for language-learners!

See upcoming programs, events and classesChildren's Programs at the Library


Watch Foreign Language Films

 No need to pay for costly movie memberships or subscriptions -- we've got your foreign language films here!

Search our Catalog.Search the Library's catalog for foreign language DVDs.

 

 


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